I admit it – I’m afraid of grammar. It’s big and noisy, and it hardly ever makes sense. But, to play with words properly, I have to learn it. I didn’t say, ‘I had to learn it.’ No, I said, ‘I have to learn it.’

I have to learn it every day. I have to refresh my knowledge every day. And I still have to look things up when I’m working on a project.

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thanksgivingI wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you’re spending time with friends and family. Remember, we have so much to be thankful for. I’ll be back next Monday.

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Now that we’re clear on what the good editor does let’s dive into the why of it all. Before I was an editor, I remember thinking editors were for the big authors, but I was a little fish – why would I need or want an editor? Little fish are cute, but they aren’t profitable. They get thrown back. They aren’t complete. They aren’t finished growing. It’s the same with our books. Sending your manuscript off to the editor is the final step in producing a superior product.

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If you’ve never hired an editor before, how do you know which one is the good one? There are skillions of us out there. We all have sites, policies, articles, prices and lots of text for you to read and compare with other sites. It doesn’t take too long before you find yourself bleary-eyed and baffled. You make the decision to tackle it tomorrow. Or next week. But – your book will be finished soon (if it’s not already) and before you realize it,

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